This course explores some influential texts in the Western intellectual tradition, selected to promote reflection on three deceptively simple topics: What is ethics? What is politics? What is economics? As well as situating authors in their historical contexts and considering their engagements with their predecessors, we keep a special eye on the following inquiry. How did ancient Greek oikonomia, the science of household management, ‘turn into’ modern economics, the master discipline of...
A graduate/upper-level undergraduate course exploring the varieties of political experience in the ancient Greek world in the Archaic, Classical and (briefly) Hellenistic eras. The readings are broadly chronological and include a wide variety of sources: epic and elegiac poetry, tragic and comic drama, history, inscriptions, speeches, pamphlets, and philosophy.
An introduction to ancient and medieval historical and political thought, offered as part of Yale's Directed Studies program (first-years only). Readings from Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Livy, Tacitus, Augustine, Alfarabi, Maimonides, Aquinas, and Machiavelli.
[Teaching assistant for Prof. Jane Mansbridge, Harvard Kennedy School.] An overview of democratic theory from the ancient Greeks to the present, including one foray into Islamic thought. Open to both Harvard undergraduates and graduate students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.